Anthony Gallo Due Speaker System Reviewed
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Size matters. This is a catch phrase we tend to hear in advertising, and one that men have heard throughout the ages as a sort of mantra. However, when it comes to technology, bigger isn't always better. With cell phones, computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs), smaller is always better. With cars, houses and women's upper body endowments, bigger is always better.
The same is generally considered true when it comes to loudspeakers. Sure, some may love those cute little Bose cube speakers, but they simply don't compare sonically to Definitive Technology BP- 3000 tower speakers or Revel full range speakers (or even smaller comparable speakers, for that matter). There are some speakers that have come along in recent years, however, that are diminutive in size, but sonically "large." The Anthony Gallo Due is just such a speaker.
The Due speakers each measure about 11" tall and about 5" wide, and are based on the company's best-selling Nucleus Micro speakers. In fact, each Due speaker is comprised of two of these spherically shaped 4" speakers separated by Gallo's patented CDT tweeter. The Due speakers come with unique mounting brackets, providing the option for easy wall mounting. Alternatively, and because of their small size, the Due speakers can be placed inconspicuously on a bookcase, a media center shelf, or atop a TV. Aesthetically, the Due speaker is designed to blend well with any contemporary decor; its petite size and high-tech appearance compliment both space and styling. The Due speakers I received for this review had a striking silver finish and would be a very nice accompaniment to a plasma display or any silver fascia monitor (like a Sony Wega or any one of the new widescreen silver-finish tube TVs currently on the market). Each Due also features a sconce-shaped grille with a high-tech industrial design making the speaker drivers virtually disappear. Aside from the silver, the Dues are available in a black or white finish.
The binding posts on the back of each speaker are of the basic variety providing a fair connection. The opening in the binding post is relatively narrow demonstrating that they are suited to accommodate higher gauge (basic quality) speaker cables only.
The MPS subwoofer is an interesting addition. It is basically comprised of two capsules that mount vertically one on top of the other, exhibiting a unique "science fiction" appearance. The MPS is a powered subwoofer, with an internal amplifier producing 240 watts of power through a respectable 10" long throw driver
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